Red Bucket Equine Rescue Moves Horses out of Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center

: Susan Peirce of Red Bucket Equine Rescue walks Harlow from Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center in Huntington Beach to the trailer that would take her to her new home in Chino Hills. (STEVEN GEORGES, HB Independent / June 14, 2012)

There's never a shortage of important stories in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, so choosing 10 is just skimming the top.

These 10 most compelling stories are given in order of chronology. There are sad stories that end well and horrible stories that end not so well and pleasant stories that work out for those involved.

Here's hoping the new year brings out the best in our cities and that the majority of news will be good news.

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Horses Leave Town

In January, the Red Bucket Equine Rescue nonprofit was told to move out of their home in the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center by mid-February.

The rescue group had housed its horses at the center since 2009 but then the owner of the property, who had helped finance the rescue, needed the space. So Red Bucket began raising money to help them find a new place to stay. The nonprofit's owners were able to keep the horses on some of the land for a while, but ultimately were able to find a new home.

The group ended up in Chino Hills and, according to its website, is still taking in, nurturing and adopting out needy horses.

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No More Pet Sales

On May 8 the Huntington Beach City Council voted to ban the sale of pets unless they came from a shelter, humane society or rescue organization.

Mayor Don Hansen and Councilmen Devin Dwyer and Matthew Harper voted against the ban, stating their concern for the businesses.

"Business owners ... will be asking, what's next?" Harper said at the time. "What is the next job-killer ban of the month proposal that we're looking at?"

But Councilwoman Connie Boardman said she can do without revenues from the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats that are subject to inhumane and harsh treatments.

"You know, as concerned as I'm about city revenues, I don't want sales tax revenue generated from the misery of puppy-mill dogs," she said, generating loud applause and cheers from the audience.

Shops were given two years to phase out the sale of non-rescue animals.

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Liquor Downtown

Between restaurants and liquor stores, many residents felt there was already enough alcohol available downtown.

In May, a 7-Eleven store applied for a license to sell beer and wine on Main Street. Protests started taking place soon after and in November, 7-Eleven withdrew the request to sell liquor.